Daenerys Targaryen tries to stem a revolt in Meereen
while Jon Snow attempts to win favor with the Wildlings.
Game of Thrones (Season 5)
Adapted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Starring Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,
Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Sophie Turner,
Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon, Aiden Gillen,
Iain Glen, Gwendoline Christie, Jerome Flynn,
Indira Varma, Natalie Dormer, Conleth Hill, John Bradley
Based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
For many fans of Martin's epic series, this was the season that went offroad. Many stories and plotlines featured in this season were not a part of the books or had not occured in the books. Perhaps that's why this fifth season didn't seem up to par with the previous four. That isn't to say it was bad. It was still a stellar season. It just lacked a lot more action and story, with most of the season being a buildup for the finale.
The story of Stannis Baratheon has been mildly interesting from the start. He's such a dull character that many viewers didn't know his name until this season. And while his story may not have been enticing before, it was even worse in this season. As his army marched on Winterfell, I expected a large battle that would rival the Blackwater from season two. Instead, we got three seconds of battle and a brief shot of the aftermath. I was not impressed.
It was however extremely cool for two of the show's main protagonists to finally meet. Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen were finally introduced to each other this season, a moment that fans have been waiting for since the pilot. This moment was handled perfectly and made me look forward to a powerhouse union in future seasons.
Amidst the big arcs, you have Sansa trapped with the Boltons, Arya's transformation into a Faceless Man, Cersei's backfired plan with the Faith Militant and Brienne and Podrick's hunt for Stannis. All of these stories were handled well and remained interesting. Then, you have Jon Snow and his determination to save the Wildlings. The Battle of Hardhome was one of the most exciting moments of the entire show, with the audience finally getting a look at what the White Walkers are capable of. Needless to say, it's gonna be insane when they make their move. Jon Snow's story ends in tragedy this season, with a certain fan favorite character being stabbed in the back (literally and figuratively) and his future being up in the air. I only hope that HBO will not let him die, but the finale capped off an okay season and turned it into another stellar one.